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2A - The Michigan Daily -- Thursday, September 7, 2000

NATION/WORLD

PREACHERS
Continued from Page 1A
dents about morality in the green
patch of grass mirroring the graduate
library.
University alum, attorney Jim Els-
man, accompanied the preachers. Els-
man wore a robe and brandished a
gavel all in an attempt to judge stu-
dents' lifestyle.
"We don't go to the dorms; we go to
open places," Elsman said, stating 95
percent of college students never go to
church. "We're trying to prevent
tragedy."
LSA senior Dan Leach answered
the preachers' questions about his
sexual habits but said he doesn't
approve of them judging him and
other students.

I don't understand why the Diag is
a center of religious discussion and
ridicule."
LSA junior Andrew Shirvell
staffed a table promoting Students
for Life. Shirvell, the president of
the organization, said his group
looks to emphasize positivity, while
the campus preachers and Elsman
were emphasizing too much nega-
tivity.
"They had good intentions, but they
were not effective," Shirvell said.
He said in the midst of the com-
motion, his group was more suc-
cessful than it ever has been before
Festi fall.
"People actually know what we're
about," Shirvell said, displaying three
full sheets of contact information of
interested individuals.

WACCESS
Continued from Page 1A
Wolverine Access yesterday to modify
classes, far more than the old system
could handle in one day.
Most registration horror stories cir-
culating among students, "are not new
problems," Green said. "They're not
system problems, they're registration
problems that we deal with every
year."
Green said the benefits of the new
system outweigh the initial difficulties
facing students trying to get accus-
tomed to computer-based class regis-
tration.
"The old CRISP system was able to
handle 128 concurrent registration ses-
sions at a time," she said. "That means
that the 129th caller would always
receive a busy signal. Wolverine
Access has handled between 600 and
1,000 users at once and the system has
held up."
The phone CRISP system regis-
tered 128 students at a time; while
on waccess. unich.edu others
accessed their schedules, looked for
classes, changed personal informa-
tion and checked financial aid. The
new system pools requests for all
those services save financial aid.
Security is an important issue for
the Web-based system, but Green

said this system is just as effective,
if not more because it doesn't use
Social Security Numbers. The new
system relies on students' uniq-
names and passwords, which she
said "is one of the most secure sys-
tems available."
The online system can be
accessed from all public University
computers, many of which require
user log in. Green said the safest
way to protect personal documents
such as class schedules is to logout
of both Wolverine Access and the
computer itself. But, Green said,
after a user has exited their internet
browser, Wolverine Access should
reset itself.
"A security issue is only as good
as the people who use it," Green
said.
Other students say they don't
understand how to search for class-
es.
"I can't find what sections are
open for discussions," said LSA
junior Al Birmingham. "When I pull
up different classes I only see the
lecture times. It's hard because I
don't know where to find the class
numbers to register."
To avoid the clog of students on the
system, Green said it's best to research
classes in the University Time Sched-
ule.

ACROSS TH E ATioN O
Firestone CEO apologizes to Congress
WASHINGTON - The CEO of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. apologize
Wednesday before angry members of Congress for dozens of fatal accidents tha
may be linked to his company's tires. The chief executive of Ford Motor Co. insist
ed his company could not be blamed.
At the same time, internal Bridgestone/Firestone documents obtained by
Associated Press showed the company had data indicating safety problems
before the Aug. 9 recall of 6.5 million tires. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., said h
believed the data was available as early as 1992.
"Where was your sense of concern, as a human being and a corporation, to yell
'Look out, America! Danger is coming!"' demanded Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D
Md.
At separate House and Senate hearings, lawmakers admonished the tire rnake
and Ford, which uses Firestone tires on its popular Explorer and other models, fo
not notifying the public there was a problem even though complaints about th
tires had been made for years around the world.
Ford began a tire recall in 16 foreign countries more than a year before the U.S
recall, but was not required by law to notify federal officials and did not do so.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received more
1,400 U.S. complaints, including reports of 88 deaths and at least 250 injuries tha
may be linked to the Firestone tires.

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World oil prices
highest in 10 years
WASHINGTON - World oil
prices jumped to their highest point in
a decade yesterday as the federal gov-
ernment predicted that the high costs
combined with low reserves would
push winter prices for home heating
oil up by 30 percent overhlast year.
As crude oil prices spiked 3.2 per-
cent to $34.90 a barrel - the highest
point since the military buildup to the.
Persian Gulf War in November 1990
- the Clinton administration pres-
sured the world's oil-exporting nations
to boost production in order to deflate
prices.
Saying current prices are "unac-
ceptably high," Energy Secretary Bill
Richardson said the 11-member Orga-
nization of Petroleum Exporting
Countries should "seriously consider"
increasing production to bring prices
down to the S20-to-S25-a-barrel
range.
Oil analysts said the jump in crude
prices was related to fears that OPEC
will not raise production enough to

increase inventories and therefore
hold down prices. OPEC member.
have agreed to produce 500,000 morn
barrels of oil a day if its benchmark
price stays above S28 a barrel for 20
consecutive days, a string of high-
price days
FBI: Educators use
caution with students
WASHINGTON - Educators mus
do a better job of detecting signs of
potential violence in students but they
should not overreact to perceived
threats by simply expelling students and
exacerbating the risk of real violence,
FBI officials warned yesterday.
In a two-year study of school vio-
lence given new urgency by last year's
tragic shooting at Columbine Higt
School near Denver, the FBI liste
dozens of behavioral problems tha
could be telltale signs of potential vio-
lence. They include a macabre sens
of humor, a fascination with violence.
filled entertainment or an affinity foi
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Workers in W.Timor
JAKARTA, Indonesia - An
Indonesian mob, angry over the
death of a notorious militia leader,
stormed a U.N. building in West
Timor yesterday and killed at least
three foreign aid workers, authorities
said.
Pro-Indonesian militia members
and their supporters hauled the bodies
into the street and set them on fire
before a crowd of thousands of people
armed with machetes and homemade
rifles, witnesses said.
Four U.N. helicopters flew to the
Indonesian province from neighboring
East Timor and airlifted 54 people
from the town of Atambua, scene of
the violence. As many as 32 of them
were injured.
The killing of the aid workers
from. Puerto Rico, Croatia and
Ethiopia - the first civilian U.N.
staff members to die in current
peacekeeping and relief efforts on
the island of Timor - highlights
the inability of the government of
Indonesia to rein in militia groups
responsible for thousands of deaths
across the Muslim nation.
Indonesian security forces stood by
during yesterday's riot, the witnesses
said.
Sadako Ogata, the U.N. high
commissioner for refugees, said

the mob was led by militia mem
bers bearing the body of their slaii
leader.
"They were attacking witi
machetes, and went around mant*
ing, looking for international staff t(
attack," she said Wednesday at th
United Nations."This was a very, ven
barbaric act"
Yesterday's attack echoed the vio
lence of last year, when pro-Indone
sian militias - with at least the taci
acceptance of government forces -
went on a rampage and killed hun
dreds invEast Timorsafter its
dents voted to secedef
Indonesia. The militias destroye
much of the infrastructure and drov
280,000 refugees across the borde
into West Timor.
Clinton addresses
peace talks at UN
NEW YORK - On the opening day
of a United Nations summit, Presii1
Clinton exercised what could be a
last opportunity for a peace dea
between Israel and the Palestinians
warning that success is "fleeting and
about to pass.
Following, Israeli Prime Ministet
Ehud Barak and Palestinian leadei
Yasser Arafat each committed to com-
pleting the process, last the 15-day
marathon talks at Camp David, Md.
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